Detached or Frayed Lining?

Frayed lining

A garment lining is constantly exposed to wear and tear, and it tends to be lighter in weight and less resilient than its corresponding outer fabric. As a result, it’s very common for a lining to become torn or frayed over time.

If there’s a clean tear, you can mend it by either handsewing it closed or by patching it with interfacing. But if the lining is frayed at all, it’s best that you handsew it closed.

Tip

When you’re handsewing a tear closed, be sure to use a thread that matches the fabric color so that it blends in completely. If you can’t get an exact match, it is best to choose a slightly darker thread color rather than a lighter shade.

Lining Detached From Zipper

When you’re constantly opening and closing a zipper to get in and out of your favorite piece, that extra wear can play a toll on the fabrics surrounding the zipper. In a lined garment, it’s common for the lining to become detached from the zipper with extensive use. Fortunately, it can be fixed with a simple slip stitch.

If there’s a tear in your lining AND the lining is also detached from the zipper, use a seam ripper to remove the zipper from the lining, then repair the rip in the lining with interfacing.

Tip

Because the lining of the fabric is quite delicate, be sure to use a narrow needle when handsewing. That way the needle won’t leave large holes that may lead to fraying.

Lining Detached From Hem

Even if you’re extremely careful and follow the laundering instructions for your garments to a tee, it’s still common for lining to become detached from a hem after many washes or wears.

A catch stitch is perfect for hems because it has a bit of flexibility and give. But if you’d prefer a stitch that doesn’t show, try a slip stitch, or do a blind catch stitch instead. To do this, turn back the lining and catch the underside of the lining (instead of the top) in order to hide the stitches. Using a catch stitch, a simple handsewing technique, you can easily secure your lining back in place at the hem. When a catch stitch is done properly, it will look like a series of “X”s across the inside of your garment.

Tip

A catch stitch should be sewn from left to right. However, if you’re left-handed, you’ll find it more comfortable to sew the catch stitch from right to left.

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